Category Archives: Open Letters Series

Open Letters To Reformers I Know. Part 6: Chris Barbic

Links to the rest of this series here Tennessee is one of the reformer hotspots.  The commissioner of Education there is a TFA alum, and Michelle Rhee’s ex-husband Kevin Huffman.  I know him a bit, too, but my letter will … Continue reading

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Open Letters FROM Reformers I Know. Part 1: Michael Johnston

Links to the rest of this series here Here is a response from Michael Johnston (I told you that I know these people!), the first response I’ve gotten from my open letters.  You can read my letter to him here. … Continue reading

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Open Letters To Reformers I Know. Part 5: Jon Schnur

Links to the rest of this series here Though I’ve complained for a few years that TFA alumni get more respect than they deserve, I’m also very aware that as an alum, myself, I too have benefited from my pedigree. … Continue reading

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Open Letters To Reformers I Know. Part 4: Timothy Daly

Links to the rest of this series here In the summer of 2001 I found, on the TFA website, a summer job description for something called ‘The New York City Teaching Fellows.’  It was a branch of something called ‘The … Continue reading

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Open Letters To Reformers I Know. Part 3: Michael Johnston

Links to the rest of this series here In the early days of TFA, when the size of the corps each year was fewer than 1000, it was a pretty small world.  Unlike now where 6,000 new TFAers attend about … Continue reading

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Open Letters To Reformers I Know. Part 2: Dave Levin and Mike Feinberg

Links to the rest of this series here In part one I wrote to Whitney Tilson who is the ‘reformer’ I have known for the least amount of time (less than 2 years and never in person).  For part two … Continue reading

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Open Letters To Reformers I Know. Part 1: Whitney Tilson

Links to the rest of this series here I think what gives me that extra motivation to participate, as much as I’m able to, in this current debate on how to improve this country’s schools (and yes, I do think … Continue reading

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